The traditional notion of the human, as the measure of all things, has been radically challenged by philosophical onto-epistemologies that defied the Western anthropocentric canon, as well as scientific and biotechnological developments- such as in biogenetics, pharmacology and robotics.
This shift has led to the development of diverse perspectives over the so-called “posthuman turn”, though all share the common understanding that humanity is a mutable and non-fixed condition. Within our current geological epoch, the Anthropocene, “mankind” is formulated as the holistic “human”. A male, cisheteronormative, white body is devised as the subject citizen; and right-holder (Braidotti 2013) in relation to his dominance over the species and ecosystems of Earth.
Departing from a convergence of posthumanism and post-anthropocentrism that challenges this human premise, we critically analyse this sociopolitical and philosophical predicament through the works of feminist philosophers Rosi Braidotti and Donna Haraway. The course envisions an interdisciplinary exploration within the fields of political ecology, law, artistic research, philosophy and others that will be weaved together to problematize the posthuman turn and the planetary repercussions of late capitalism.
The first section of the course will encompass corporeality, queer inhumanities and bio-technological embodiment. The second section undertakes the relational position of human beings with other species, namely human-animal relations, microbial life and interspecies language. The last section will focus on the Anthropocene, engaging posthuman rights, the nature/culture divide, indigenous epistemologies, and alternative ecosystems. We will challenge the students to reposition their perspectives over their relations with nature, animals, bodies and geography, and to delve into the possibilities of other radical futures.
Course design by José Bernardo Couto Soares, Amalia Calderón and Clémentine Dècle, winners of the Create a Course Challenge in 2019.
Amalia Calderón (email@example.com)
José Bernardo Couto Soares (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Open to second and third year bachelor students.
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No prior knowledge required. This course welcomes students from all academic backgrounds, with a general interest in connecting knowledge from science, arts and politics within the topics of posthumanism, human-animal relations, feminist new materialism and political ecology. Interest in the fields of law, philosophy, artistic research and technology is also encouraged.